Home Conversion into Double Dwelling

Cape Town


A family home is converted into two dwellings so that Mom can stay in her newly renovated home and at the same time earn an income from renting or selling the newly renovated 2nd dwelling.

This site was fortunate to have two street boundaries making for a simple sub-division. It sloped down from the busier street so that the owner was able to get a double storey space on the lower slope with access off the side street and with magnificent sea views whilst the 2nd dwelling was a manageable single storey with mountain views.

With minimal structural intervention we managed to create two dwellings each with a double garage, kitchen and scullery, large open plan living and dining areas with good flow to outside spaces, three bedrooms and a study/guest room, lots of built in cupboards, one en-suite bathroom and one larger family bathroom and a guest toilet. For the owner we managed to get secure undercover access from her garage directly to her scullery and kitchen. Both homes have small gardens.

The idea was to maintain the character of the original home for house 2 with timber doors and windows and timber floors, but with a modern kitchen and all modern amenities. House 1 was modern in style with aluminium doors and windows and with travertine tiled floors inside and outside and with laminated timber floors to the living area.

The input of the interior designer working closely with the team ensured that the furniture and soft finishes complimented and enhanced the building design.

The work was completed in 8 months and the cost allowed for the owner to achieve a new home which is being paid for by the rental of the 2nd dwelling. It was decided not to sell the 2nd dwelling at this stage, but that is an option for later as it is now on its own sub-divided erf.
ArchitectAmanda Katz Architects
Interior DesignerColin Elias
Quantity SurveyorsSDBS for Estimate
Building ContractorCorefacts (Pty) Ltd – Charles Meyers
Structural EngineerAllen Hulme and Associates